Lesson 1: Learning numbers 1-31 in French

Introduce to the children the French for numbers 1-31 and use this vocabulary to complete mathematical calculations

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To learn the numbers to 31 and do maths calculations in French

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing


KS2 Framework

  • Read some familiar words and phrases aloud and pronounce them accurately (L4.3)
  • Write simple words and phrases using a model and some words from memory (L4.4)

Success criteria

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Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Give each child a number one to 31 in the order of the register. When you take the register, get the children to say their number in French when you call their name.
  • Play ‘Fizz Buzz’. The children stand in a circle and pass a toy or a ball. If the number is a multiple of two say ‘Fizz’ or if the number is a multiple of five say ‘Buzz’. If the number is a multiple of two and five, say ‘FizzBuzz’.
  • Play ‘Shoot the Sheriff’. Put the class into groups. Each group has to stand up and call out the answer to differentiated questions. If they are the first to answer correctly they get to shoot someone on their team who then has to sit down. This continues until there is only one person left in that group (they sit down waiting for the final). The next group does the same and so on until there are five/six children who have won a round. The final can then take place. The overall winner can get a prize/house points, etc.

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Simone Haughey,  
Languages specialist
Previously a generalist Primary teacher for 12 years, Simone now specialises in Languages. She is MFL Consultant and Languages Teacher at Robin Hood Primary. Her work with Mandarin Chinese led to the IoE Confucius Institute for Schools awarding her school with Confucius…
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